This is the journey of a person who hated the word ‘Sanghi’ but ended up happily adopting it as a label. Rahul Roushan shot to fame around 2009–10 as the ‘Pagal Patrakar’, the pseudonym he used while writing for Faking News. Back then he was seen just as a founder-editor of the news satire website with no special interest in politics or ideology. The first time Rahul Roushan was called a Sanghi, he felt deeply offended. After all, he held a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Patna University, a post-graduate diploma in journalism from IIMC in New Delhi, an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and was a self-made media entrepreneur. Sanghi literally means someone who is a member of the right-wing RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) or its affiliates, but the ‘liberals’ use the term liberally to deride those who differ with their political and ideological stand, or those who wear Hinduism on their sleeves. This book analyses why Hindutva as an ideology is no longer anathema and what brought about this change. Why did a country that was ruled for decades by people espousing Nehruvian secularism suddenly began to align with the ‘communal politics’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)? The book is the story of this transformation. This is not an autobiography, though it could read like one in parts. It is not even a collection of intellectual essays, though it could read like one in parts. It is the retelling of some historical events and how those events impacted the journey of Rahul Roushan and countless people like him. The book looks at factors like education, media, technology and obviously, electoral politics, which played a key role in this transformation. The book also touches upon some of the personal experiences of the author, both as a media entrepreneur and a journalist. In author’s words, ‘This book will be of special interest to readers who just want to badmouth me and the book, but I really hope the same people make an earnest effort to also understand what changed India and all those Sanghis who never went to any shakha.’
SANGHI WHO NEVER WENT TO A SHAKHA Paperback
About the Author
” RAHUL ROUSHAN is an entrepreneur, media professional and a social commentator.
Rahul started his career as a television journalist, but took up the path of entrepreneurship post his MBA. He founded the Indian news satire website Faking News, which was later acquired by Network18.
Rahul was born and brought up in Patna, where he graduated in Mathematics (Honours) from Patna University, before getting his journalism diploma from IIMC in New Delhi, and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. ”
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9390547660
- ISBN-13 : 978-9390547661
- Item Weight : 480 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Country of Origin : India